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Briar Cliff University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Briar Cliff University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Briar Cliff University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Briar Cliff University was awarded 6 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

Briar Cliff is ranked #1,146 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Briar Cliff is also ranked #25 out of 31 schools in Iowa.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Briar Cliff?

Acceptance Rate

Since Briar Cliff University has an open admissions policy, being accepted to the school isn't that hard. However, a full basic things - such as a high school diploma or equivalent - may be required. Also, go over your application to make sure it is complete before you submit it.

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Briar Cliff University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Briar Cliff is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Briar Cliff University is 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  78 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Briar Cliff University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Briar Cliff University this rate is 55%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  55 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Briar Cliff for first-time, full-time students is 41%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  41 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Briar Cliff

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 872 undergraduates at Briar Cliff with 670 being full-time and 202 being part-time.

Briar Cliff Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 94.90 out of 100, Briar Cliff is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  94.90 out of 100
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How Much Does Briar Cliff University Cost?

The overall average net price of Briar Cliff is $18,336. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Briar Cliff

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,794 $17,203 $18,630 $21,118 $19,832

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Briar Cliff, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Briar Cliff, approximately 94% of students took out student loans averaging $7,292 a year. That adds up to $29,168 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Briar Cliff is 10.5%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Briar Cliff Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Briar Cliff make around $41,900 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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Location of Briar Cliff University

Briar Cliff University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Sioux City, Iowa. The location of Briar Cliff is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of Briar Cliff University

Contact details for Briar Cliff are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3303 Rebecca Street, Sioux City, IA 51104
Phone: 712-279-5321

Briar Cliff University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 45 majors graduated from Briar Cliff University. Of these students, 240 received undergraduate degrees and 72 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 58 $56,000
Business Administration & Management 37 $44,300
Social Work 24 NA
Health & Physical Education 20 NA
General Biology 18 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 13 NA
Accounting 8 NA
Natural Resources Conservation 7 NA
Marketing 7 NA
Criminology 6 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Briar Cliff University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Briar Cliff

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 457 students took at least one online class at Briar Cliff University. This is a decrease from the 462 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 457 366
2016-2017 462 383
2015-2016 399 317
2014-2015 392 289
2013-2014 310 310

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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